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Susan Hildreth

CV Professor of Practice
Mary Gates Hall 330K
Phone: 206-221-2335


  • Public Libraries
  • Library Organization and Funding
  • Strategic Planning


  • LIS 580 - Management Of Information Organizations


Susan Hildreth is the iSchool’s first Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, a position that focuses on the future of public libraries and is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

At the iSchool, Susan develops curriculum, teaches courses, and conducts research on the future of libraries. She also serves on the MLIS program committee and the advisory committee for the iSchool’s Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA), a partner in the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative.

Prior to her arrival at UW, Susan was appointed by President Obama to serve a four-year term as the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the main source of federal funding for museums and libraries in the United States. In that role, she administered a $250 million annual budget and advised the Obama administration and Congress on information policy. Hildreth also has seen real change and growing challenges for libraries while leading the San Francisco Public Library in the early 2000s, the California State Library from 2004 to 2009, and The Seattle Public Library from 2009 to early 2011.


  • MBA, Organizational Behavior, Rutgers University, 1979
  • MLS, Children's Literature, State University of New York , 1973
  • BA, Sociology/Library Science, Syracuse University, 1972


  • Richard Rose Award - Internet 2, 2016

Consulting and Other Projects

  • Internet Archive's Library of 2020 Project, 2017
  • The Califa Group, San Mateo, CA, 2016
  • Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, 2015


  • Freedom to Read Foundation
  • Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
  • Public Library Association
  • California Library Association
  • American Library Association

Publications and Contributions

  • Foreword
    Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarian, Introduction (2016)
    Author: Susan H Hildreth


  • Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (2017)
    Infopeople How to be a Manager online class - Seattle, WA
  • California Libraries: The Future is Here, It's Just Unevenly Distributed (2017)
    CENIC Annual Conference (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) - San Diego, CA
  • Changing the Perception of Libraries: The New Advanced Learning Library (2017)
    Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries - Wichita, KS
  • Future of Rural Libraries (2017)
    S'ARSL - Seattle
  • Library Leadership (2017)
    iSchool Career Services - Seattle, WA
  • Library Leadership (2017)
    Pacific Library Partnership Leadership Council - Walnut Creek, CA
  • Public Libraries: Thriving Social Spaces for Civic Engagement (2017)
    iAffilates Day 2017 - Seattle
  • The Post-Truth is Out There (2017)
    S'ALA - Seattle, WA
  • Tips for Attending ALA (2017)
    S'ALA webinar - Seattle, WA
  • Library Journal Design the Future Library Leader video (2016)
    Library Journal/American Library Association Annual Conference - Orlando, FL
  • Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (2016)
    International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions - Columbus, OH
  • Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (2016)
    Sutter County Dialogue on Public Libraries - Yuba City, California
  • Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (2016)
    Infopeople How to be a Manager online class - San Mateo, CA
  • Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (2016)
    Infopeople How to be a Manager online class - Seattle, WA
  • Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries Update (2016)
    Public Library Association - Denver, CO
  • Do Libraries have a Future? (2016)
    Zocalo Public Square - Los Angeles, CA
  • Help is on the Way: Using Consultants Effectively (2016)
    California Library Association - Sacramento, California
  • Masters of Library and Information Studies orientation (2016)
    Panel at University of Washington - iSchool - Seattle, WA
  • Public Libraries: A Look to the Future (2016)
    International City/County Management Association - Washington, DC
  • Roadmap: Planning for a Successful Library Future (2016)
    Internet Librarian 2016 - Monterey, CA
  • Taking Libraries Transform and the Policy Revolution to the new Presidential Administration (2016)
    American Library Association Annual Conference - Orlando, FL
  • The Future of the Library (2016)
    San Jose State University Information School's Library 2.016 Virtual Conference - San Jose, CA
  • Update on Library Broadband Project (2016)
    CENIC Annual Conference - Davis, CA